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Sacroiliitis and Chiropractic Care

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Sacroiliitis: Inflammation of the Sacroiliac Joint

Sacroiliitis refers to inflammation of the sacroiliac joint, which is the joint that connects the sacrum bone (located at the base of the spine) to the top of the pelvic bones. This joint plays a crucial role in transmitting load from the lower trunk to the axial skeleton and providing stability to the spine and pelvis.

  • In this article, you will get the following information:
  • Causes of Sacroiliitis
  • Sacroiliitis and pregnancy
  • Symptoms of Sacroiliitis
  • How Can Chiropractic Care Help with Sacroiliitis?

Causes of Sacroiliitis

Inflammation of the sacroiliac joint can be caused by a variety of reasons, and the most common include:

  • Ankylosing spondylitis: A form of chronic inflammatory arthritis that primarily affects the spine and sacroiliac joints.
  • Injuries: Trauma or injuries to the lower back or pelvis
  • Infections: Infections, although rare, can affect the sacroiliac joint and cause inflammation.
  • Repeated microtrauma: Activities that involve repetitive movements or constant stress on the sacroiliac joint can lead to microtrauma, which, over time, can trigger inflammation of the joint. For example: high-impact sports, work activities that involve repetitive movements, or performing tasks that put constant pressure on the lower back.
  • The obesity: It can increase the load and pressure on joints, including the sacroiliac joints, which can lead to inflammation and pain.
  • Wrong posture: Maintaining poor posture for prolonged periods can affect the alignment and function of the sacroiliac joint.
  • Some autoimmune diseases, like rheumatoid arthritis, can affect the sacroiliac joints.

Sacroiliitis and Pregnancy

Pregnancy can cause inflammation of the sacroiliac joint, since hormones are produced that make the sacroiliac joint more flexible, in order to facilitate childbirth. Due to this, the sacroiliac joint loses stability and the back muscles increase their tone to counteract this imbalance.

This phenomenon is common due to physiological changes in a woman's body during pregnancy.

Symptoms of Sacroiliitis

Sacroiliitis manifests itself mainly through pain in the lower back (where the sacroiliac joint is located), which can occur on one side, being more intense on one side, or affecting both.

This pain can spread to the buttocks and legs, becoming worse with activities such as walking, climbing stairs, running, or standing for long periods.
It is common for the pain to be more intense at night or early in the morning, improving throughout the day with movement.

How Can Chiropractic Care Help with Sacroiliitis?

Initial phase: During the initial stage the main focus is to align and regain mobility of the sacroiliac joint, reducing inflammation. In addition to adjusting the sacroiliac joint, adjustments are made to the vertebral joints affected by the poor position of the sacrum and to the joints of the lower limb. It is essential to note that, although the pain may disappear in the first sessions, the healing of the ligaments may take longer.

Stabilizing Phase: During this phase the objective is to normalize the function of the sacroiliac joint, and regain strength. We continue with specific chiropractic adjustments and soft tissue techniques to the lower back and surrounding joints to optimize spinal function.

Maintenance Phase: The final phase aims to prevent the recurrence of symptoms and maintain long-term benefits.

If you suffer from lower back pain, or related symptoms, we recommend that you consult with a chiropractor.

In Spain, if you are looking for a chiropractor, verify that they are a member of the Asociación Española de Quiropráctica (AEQ), which brings together exclusively Chiropractic graduates with a university degree issued by one of the Chiropractic universities recognized by the European Council of Chiropractic Education.

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